This year, it took place yesterday in the church’s fellowship hall.
This amazing community event in one of Montgomery County’s smaller communities began almost two decades ago when former Southmont Superintendent Bob Tandy visualized a way to reach out to those all alone on Thanksgiving. That first dinner took place in 1990 with Tandy having high hopes of bringing the community together. In that first year, 11 people were served. Today, more than 300 individuals benefit from this holiday meal that all started through the efforts of a true community leader and very giving man.
Tandy came to Montgomery County in 1959 after being hired to teach and coach at New Market High School. Four years later he was promoted to principal and in 1966 he became the very first superintendent of the South Montgomery School Corporation.
After he retired, the school board created the Bob Tandy Scholarship in his honor. It goes to a South grad who is pursuing a degree in education.
The community dinner is another one of his legacies. Throughout the years donations have been left or sent to thank the church for the event, helping the church continue the spirit of caring and generosity. With the donations received, the church seeks ways to help the children and their families in our community. The United Methodist Church teams with the REINdeer Christmas Project to help children with Christmas presents.